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Lisa V. Blitz

Lisa Blitz

Assistant Professor

Office: (607) 777-9169
Office Location: Downtown Center, Room #327
Fax: (607) 777-5683

Dr. Lisa Blitz (Assistant Professor of Social Work) brings years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker and currently serves as the Project Director for the SHARE (Safe Healthy Attitudes Require Education) project, a $5 million dollar federally funded collaborative effort with BOCES, which supports the interdisciplinary development, implementation and evaluation of an array of services throughout 10 local school districts.   Her research focuses on effectiveness of school-based interdisciplinary intervention with elementary and middle school aged children; assessment of an anti-racist/anti-oppression model to inform management and supervisory practices in social work and social services; white racial identity development and intersectional analyses of privilege and oppression; and understanding dynamics of power and privilege as they impact social worker performance in cross-racial interactions with clients, staff team members, and supervisors. Dr. Blitz earned her MSW and PhD in Social Work from Columbia University. 

Educational Background


Courses Taught

Current Research Interests

Selected Publications

Blitz, L.V. & Kohl, B.G. (in press). Using racial affinity groups to address racism in the organization.  Administration in Social Work.

Pender Greene, M. & Blitz, L.V. (2011). The elephant is not pink: Talking about White, Black, and Brown to achieve excellence in clinical practice. Clinical Social Work Journal. (DOI) 10.1007/s10615-011-0357-y

Blitz, L.V. & Marshall, J. (2011). Community to community: A Unique response to long term disaster relief, in Pearson Higher Education, MySocialWorkLibrary.

Kohl, B.G. & Blitz, L.V. (2010). White antiracism caucusing in a large human service agency: Lessons learned and unlearned. In J. Hitchcock (Ed.) Finding Our Direction. Roselle, NJ: Crandall, Dostie, & Douglass Books, Inc.

Blitz, L.V. & Pender Greene, M. (Eds.) (2006). Racism and Racial Identity: Reflections on Urban Practice in Mental Health and Social Services. New York: Haworth Press.

Blitz, L.V. (2006). Owning Whiteness: The reinvention of self and practice. Journal of Emotional Abuse, 6 (2/3), pp. 241-263.

Blitz, L.V. & Illidge, L.C. (2006). Not so black and white: Antiracist multicultural team building in a domestic violence shelter. Journal of Emotional Abuse, 6 (2/3), pp. 113-134.

Madsen, L.H., Blitz, L.V., McCorkle, D. & Panzer, P. (2003). Sanctuary in a domestic violence shelter: A team approach to healing. Psychiatric Quarterly, 74, pp. 155-171.

Other professional activities

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of New York

Diploma – Post Graduate Program in Social Work Supervision and Training CUNY Hunter College School of Social Work, Center for the Study of Social Administration

Member, Antiracist Alliance of Social Workers



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Last Updated: 3/24/14